Definition of pray in English:

pray

Syllabification: pray
Pronunciation: /prā
 
/

verb

[no object]
  • 1Address a solemn request or expression of thanks to a deity or other object of worship: the whole family is praying for Michael [with object]: pray God this is true
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    • People pray to these deities because they have an adoration for the deity and have a feeling of awe about it.
    • So my advice is: pray more, sin less and live the life that God is calling you to live.
    • We can discharge this obligation by simply praying for him as we pray for our dear ones and our own very selves.
    Synonyms
    say one's prayers, make one's devotions, offer a prayer/prayersinvoke, call on, implore, appeal to, entreat, beg, petition, supplicate
    literary beseech
  • 1.1Wish or hope strongly for a particular outcome or situation: after several days of rain, we were praying for sun [with clause]: I prayed that James wouldn’t notice
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    • Meg watched as twenty girls held their breaths, hoping and praying for their name to be called.
    • I consumed a truly scrumptious chilliburger and hoped, no prayed, that there would be a toilet or pub on the route.
    • It was one of those situations when you prayed that everything would be alright but feared what could happen.

adverb

formal or • archaic Back to top  
  • 1Used as a preface to polite requests or instructions: pray continue
  • 1.1Used as a way of adding ironic or sarcastic emphasis to a question: and what, pray, was the purpose of that?

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'ask earnestly'): from Old French preier, from late Latin precare, alteration of Latin precari 'entreat'.

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